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Rihanna Only Sings of Love Love Love Love Love Love

 

There’s no how-to road map to style. It’s about self-expression and, above all, attitude.” said Iris Apfel. Style is definitely not just about beautiful clothes (which are only beautiful to you, btw) and you flaunting them. And that’s it. Style!

Style is about you feeling every piece on you and, only then, flaunting it flawlessly. Yet, still, not necessarily knowing what your style is. Or labelling it.

Few have just one style and could be recognised from a high-in-the-sky plane. The image that comes to mind as I say “Karl Lagerfeld”… There you go.

Rihanna isn’t one. It is a fact, she has the super talented stylist Mel Ottenberg on her side. A fact is, also, that he gets her. They play. It’s called chemistry and chemistry leads to fabulous stuff. “Of all the pop stars at the time, I could see this openness for new things and a chameleon quality. I just had a feeling.“, said Mel in an interview for Vanity Fair last September.

“A feeling”. See?

Feeling her helped him to feel. (“Help me to help you, help me to help you!“, remember?). To express himself through her. To go wild. Stylistically. To go wild stylistically doesn’t mean one has to wear a plate on one’s head, it means to go deep into oneself and be one. This is pretty wild nowadays when almost everyone wants to be someone.

I don’t want to constrain someone’s movement or feelings onstage just for a costume. I like to think you can inspire what the artist is doing through fashion, but you don’t want to weigh them down“, said Ottenberg in a Vogue interview. Weigh them down literally or metaphorically, I might add.

When the “ANTI” album was out and, soon after, the Anti World Tour had begun and, along with it, the Youtube shares on Facebook of RiRi’s “Love on the brain” performances. I instantly loved the song and the outfit. I started stalking. The #awt outfits. By the time I went to see her live in Bucharest, I’d expected to see the huge Y/Project brown suit, the beaded Armani Privé jumpsuit or the cream-colored canvas thigh-high Giuseppe Zanotti boots.

The first question one of my (male!) friends asked me was “Did she change many times?“.

I wouldn’t have mentioned this unless it weren’t for the answer. “Nope!“. It was just a good and very anti one: a loose black t-shirt, thigh-high-held-up-by-a-belt-at-the-waist black leather boots, black panties, diamond chokers and an almond, fringed wig.

Ni-i-ice. Yet flamboyantly boyish, yet chic.

Singing about love.

It can be about money but she is still referring to a guy. It can be about shooting a man down, but she is killing a guy that made her suffer out of love. She might want to feel like she’s the only girl in the world, but it would be him that would make her feel like that.

The attitude, the style, the lyrics, the dancing, the smiling, the simple decoration, the dancers and band in very cool outfits, the entertaining mix of the tracks were all put together under just one umbrella: F U N. It wouldn’t have been the same if it weren’t for the fun.

Love and fun make up for a good chemistry definition.

Just think about it. Wildly into yourself.

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The Haute In The Paris Couture Spring 2016

 

Your typical Saturday let’s-go-for-a-coffee attire. In your dreams. Unless you’re Lena Perminova or Giovana Battaglia. Then you can go for a coffee on a chill Saturday morning wearing haute couture.

You know when you’re dreaming and you are all dressed up, but then again you are just going to your local coffee shop and then you wonder how come were you wearing that? You must have gone to a ball (a party would always also do) the night before and these were the after hours already. Yes, yes, that’s it.

This is an amusing (do you sense the difference between amusing and funny?) introduction to a very serious content. The haute couture fashion content. Uu. It’s pronounced [ot kuˈtyʁ] in French and it actually means high not hot and it only takes place in Paris. Où d’autre? The “haute” and the “couture” (“dressmaking” translated from French, “fashion” translated into any language).

Haute couture is all about handmade, extreme attention to detail, expensive fabrics and often custom made for a client. It takes infinite hours of work and potentially (hopefully) lasts a lifetime, the antithesis of fast fashion’s notorious processes and disposability. If chosen well, they will look just as beautiful and “in-fashion” ten years from now.

You just have to choose from this week’s fashion shows, this week’s haute couture fashion shows in Paris. This is what I chose. À plus! 

Salut!

Armani Privé by Giorgio Armani. The way it has always been done, it is supposed to be done. The couture is splendid and is there just to compliment the wearer. Never vice versa.

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Giambattista Valli by Giambattista Valli. The collection was inspired by the jardins du Paris. And I could tell you just anything now, but when you’ll see this dress you won’t listen. This dress:

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Jean Paul Gaultier by Jean Paul Gaultier. From all the couture shows, this particular show embodies not only the dresses, but the girls. Man, their attitude! Fun! And pleasure! Gaultier’s couture (and show) was inspired by Paris. Yet again. By the nightclub LePalace, back in the days, where Grace Jones wrapped herself in a scarf handed by Yves Saint Laurent after once being stripped naked by fans just before performing on stage. Uh-la-la, intense…

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Maison Margiela by John Galliano. The perfect form of art when too much is perfect and all you ca do is just surrender, lay back and enjoy the show. Or get in it.

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Ulyanna Sergeenko by Ulyanna Sergeenko. It is reportedly said that each of these dresses took about five months to be made. To me,it could have been five hours. I would have loved them the same. The 80’s silhouettes are making a huge comeback. Bonjour!

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Valentino by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. You would smell a Valentino dress from afar and uh, it smells… Noble.

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Viktor & Rolf by Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren. I bet Lady Gaga has them on speed dial.

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Elie Saab by Elie Saab. “India is her backdrop and her inspiration for a new blend of formalism and ease, opulence and elementary lines.”, Saab. “Her” being an Englishwoman travelling to India. I would travel like this.

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Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld. Chanel is well… Chanel.

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Aouadi by Yacine Aouadi. Yacine Aouadi said his dream would be to design for Chanel. Now that’s a big dream. He dreams big, but then again everyone is talking about dreaming big, so you never know. What I know is that the complexity of his looks is actually really light. Light as in not heavy. You know? Moreover, the attention this man is giving to the back of the outfit also is refreshing. So fresh, yet so couture. “Rrr”… In French.

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Photos via Vogue Runway.

I am putting my haute couture (to be read “jeans”) on and going to grab a coffee.

Coming?